Friday, January 23, 2009
I was inspired by FringeGirl's blog to post this today! If you haven't already, be sure to read of FringeMan's success!
I originally found this out when I was looking for some nutritional information about venison for my daughter, who was at the time on Weight Watchers. Thought I would share a little of what I found.
First of all, a lot of the information about venison doesn't seem to agree precisely, although all the news is "good." I think the slight differences in nutritional info is partly because the name "venison" can encompass a wide range of different deer-like animals. And farm raised venison is obviously not going to be as good for you as the venison that you and I are most accustomed to, namely wild whitetail deer meat. Also, it would have to vary somewhat by how you process the meat, how much fat and muscle lining you trim off, etc. So take these "facts" with a grain of salt, but here's some general guidelines.
OK, let's talk nutrients. One 3-ounce serving of venison has approximately:
26 grams protein
2 grams of fat
67 milligrams cholesterol
0.9 grams saturated fat
3.5 milligrams iron
26 milligrams magnesium
338 milligrams potassium
3 milligrams zinc
11 micrograms selenium
0.24 milligrams thiamin
0.4 milligrams riboflavin
9 milligrams niacin
0.6 milligrams vitamin B6
1.6 micrograms vitamin B12
1.2 micrograms vitamin K
Venison has fewer fat grams, less calories and more protein than chicken (yes, that's right, I said chicken), beef, veal, lamb or pork. In fact, it has about 1/3 the fat of beef. WOW!
Oh... and regarding Weight Watchers... the nutritional numbers in venison calculate to one weight watcher point per ounce. So you can have a very generous portion for not a lot of points. Good for most diets.
This blog has been a public service announcement! ;-)
It's so great that something this tasty is so good for you! Pass the A-1!